I really like good design and beverage mugs are no exception.
I recently received three new beverage cups designed by Copco which they asked me to review. I've ended up using all of them almost every day.
A unique design, which I haven't seen before, is the new BPA free Copco Hydra water bottle. It looks like a regular disposable water bottle with a colorful grip that holds just over a pint. But, the top third of the bottle unscrews so that you can add ice, lemon, etc. Best of all is that it's very easy to clean. About ten days ago, I ended up drinking out of my overused disposable water bottle, for a couple days, before I noticed that it had green slime which I couldn't clean out.
Cold Drink Tumbler
The new Copco tumbler is a particularly nice way to drink cold coffee on the go. It's a double walled cup, so it doesn't sweat on hot, humid days. Also, it forms a tight seal when closed.
The best part of this tumbler is that the straw is permanently attached to the lid. The straw is plastic, on the top and bottom, but the part of it that passes through the lid is made of flexible silicone. This enables a great feature which allows you to bend the straw 90 degrees to snap into the lid to form a leak proof seal. As a matter of fact, instead of stirring your ice coffee, you can clip the straw to the lid and shake the cup - just like a martini shaker - without any leakage (just make sure that the lid is fully secured).
As I mentioned about two months ago, one thing that I didn't like about Copco's new coffee lid design is that, when I flipped open the lid, the wet rubber stopper would hit my nose. Copco heard my feedback, along with others, and Vallory Farrasso, from Wilton Industries, Inc, the parent company of Copco, wrote to me:
I wanted to let you know that I met with a couple Copco product managers today and they are actually in the process of developing new lids for the cups. There was a lot of consumer feedback about those lids hitting people’s noses when sipping from the cups.
You have to love great customer service like that!
Fortunately, Copco sent to me their newest coffee cup with a similar, yet bigger, lid design that turns out to be great. While the two white lids in this photo look the same size, the one on the right is bigger - big enough to completely miss my nose. This larger design coffee cup has become my daily favorite. Not to mention that it's also a double walled cup suitable for both hot and cold drinks.
Yes, lid design may seem trivial, but a lid that doesn't leak is a big deal when on the go - it really is .